September 10th, 2021| Each state has its own motorcycle laws. Some states allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet, while others don’t. Some have extensive requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license, while other states are less stringent. One popular—and controversial—motorcycling technique that is also regulated by states is lane-splitting. Though most states have laws forbidding lane-splitting, California is a little different. First, let’s establish what we mean when we say lane-splitting.
What’s Considered Lane-Splitting in California?Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist travels in between lanes to navigate traffic. For example, if there’s a traffic jam on Interstate 280 and a motorcyclist travels between lanes of traffic, riding down the white lane divider line, they’re lane-splitting.
What Is California’s Lane-Splitting Law in 2021?Obviously, motorcyclists are still required to follow all the rules of the road. But unlike many other states, California does not have a law forbidding lane-splitting. California even issued lane-splitting safety tips for motorcyclists in 2018. Some of the tips include:
- Understanding that lane-splitting is more dangerous when done at higher speeds.
- It’s safest to split between the lanes that are furthest to the left on roads with three lanes or more.
- Avoid lane-splitting near large vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and buses.
- Stay visible and avoid lingering in other vehicles’ blind spots.
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing and using high beams in the daytime.